How do you represent a moment when crossing a bridge became a major historical
fl ash point? Th e twenty-fi fth of March of this year marked the fiftieth
anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fifty-four-mile march from Selma,
Alabama, to the state capital of Montgomery, a march to protest the lack of
voting rights for African Americans in the southern United States. Th e major
point of contention, where infrastructure and politics met, was the Edmund
Pettus Bridge leading out of Selma. Th e first attempt to march occurred on
what was later known as Bloody Sunday. Black protestors attempted to cross
the bridge, against the instruction of local and state troopers. Th ey were
beaten mercilessly and the footage was broadcast on national television. Th e
second attempt took place after Dr. King put out a call to all Americans who
identify with the civil rights movement. Th ey gathered on the bridge and knelt
to pray. King sensed trouble and called off the march. After a court decision in
favor of the protestors, the march took place.
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